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Injured soldier’s own thigh bone used for First World War ‘trench art’

A brooch crafted from a piece of human thigh bone is among the items selected for an exhibition about the First World War at the University of Leeds.

Little is know about the rather macabre piece of jewellery, which is part of the University’s archive of items and documents from the war. It was made from a piece of Sergeant Thomas Kitching’s thigh bone and is thought to have been given to his sweetheart, Lizzie Hunter.

Sgt Kitching, who served with the 12th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry, had his left leg shattered when wounded on the Somme on 7 July 1916. The brooch, together with a portrait of Sgt Kitching and postcards sent to Lizzie at her Birtley, County Durham, address, were donated to the University. He survived the war and went on to marry Lizzie in Chester-le-Street, County Durham, shortly after the war ended in 1918.

The unusual piece of jewellery is among many items selected for a special free exhibition in The Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery at the University, which runs until Saturday 20 December.


Bedale Hoard to go on display after conservation work

The life savings of a rich Viking will go on display today after undergoing conservation.

This was how the collection looked before conservation

The Bedale Hoard was found by metal detectorists in 2012 and includes a silver neck ring. The collection was bought by the Yorkshire Museum earlier this year following donations from the public.

Merkel asked to intervene in Yorkshire student's death inquiry

The German Chancellor has been asked to intervene over the death of a Yorkshire student in Cologne

Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman has written to Angela Merkel demanding answers about how Jane Khalaf died - and how her family were treated.

Jane died after collapsing in hospital in Cologne - but not before she claimed her drink had been spiked.

Although drugs were found in her system, her family say she was fervently anti-drugs. Chris Kiddey reports.

Pressure mounts for German investigation into Yorkshire student's death

Pressure is growing for a thorough investigation into the death in Germany of a student from Huddersfield.

20,000 people have now signed an online petition calling on the German authorities to do more to find out exactly what happened to 19 year old Jane Khalaf.

Local Labour MP Barry Sheerman has also raised the matter with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Chris Kiddey reports.


Fears over 'Women of Steel' tribute

Sheffield is to erect a statue to the "Women of Steel" after a fundraising campaign which has exceeded the £150,000 target.

The sculptor who's been commissioned to create the bronze artwork is in such demand that it may be two years before it's made and with the women who're left now in their nineties, there are fears some of them may not live to see the permanent memorial.

Yorkshire's secondary schools lagging behind

OFSTED, in its annual report into the country's education provision, has described many secondary schools in Yorkshire lagging behind the rest of the country when it comes to preparing pupils for the future.

There were some success stories, especially in York where 93 percent of secondary school pupils can expect to go to a school rated as good or excellent.

But other authorities, like those in Doncaster and Bradford are clearly struggling. Frazer Maude reports.

Region's 16 yr olds' literacy and numeracy among lowest in country

Thousands of young people in our region are leaving secondary school poorly prepared for the future, according to a report published today by the education watchdog Ofsted.

It says standards of literacy and numeracy for 16 year olds in Yorkshire and the Humber are among the lowest in the country. In Bradford, Barnsley and Doncaster, less than 50% of children have the opportunity to attend a secondary school classed as either good or outstanding.

Calendar spoke to Nick Hudson, Ofsted's Regional Director about today's report.

Daughter of murdered teacher says memorial fund is fitting tribute

One of the daughters of Ann Maguire, the teacher murdered at her school in Leeds, has been speaking to Calendar about the Arts Education Fund set up in honour of her mum.

Kerry Maguire says she hopes the fund aimed at helping young people fulfil their ambitions in music, drama, language and dance, will be a fitting legacy for her.

Almost £45,000 has been raised from public donations. A panel including Ann Maguire's family are now inviting applications from young people and community groups - grants are expected to be awarded in March next year.

The first grant of £1,500 has already been given out to Leeds-based Yorkshire Dance which champions the development of dance in Yorkshire. The Leeds Community Foundation. which is administering the fund, hopes that by giving this early grant it will show the kind of projects that could benefit.

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